My interview “6 Ways to Overcome Stress and Reach Success” in the American Express Open Forum

I was recently interviewed by Karlee Weinmann, a talented author (and delightful conversationalist) who writes for the American Express Open Forum. We talked about overcoming barriers posed by stress in the workplace, or as the article says: Particularly when it comes to self-imposed obstacles—often rooted in long-held beliefs about what defines success and an individual's … Continue reading My interview “6 Ways to Overcome Stress and Reach Success” in the American Express Open Forum

3 ways to recover from stress in the middle of an interview

In my last post I wrote about steps you can take before an interview to get yourself calm and focused going into an interview. But what do you do if something happens after the interview has started that throws you for a loop? I’ll give you a few suggestions here. 1. Can’t remember the answer? … Continue reading 3 ways to recover from stress in the middle of an interview

5 tips to set yourself up for a successful interview

Interviews can be stressful for people under the best of circumstances. But with fewer jobs out there, the perception that no one is hiring, and the very real possibility of going months before getting even one interview, many interviewees are putting added stress on themselves. Ironically this added stress is likely to undercut their performance … Continue reading 5 tips to set yourself up for a successful interview

Stress Relief Is Just a Phone Call Away

I just read about a study done on stress and girls 7 to 12 years old. (Stay with me here; this could be helpful to you.) It seems that seeing or just talking to their mothers helped lower their stress. In the study, the girls were given something stressful to do. Then one-third met with … Continue reading Stress Relief Is Just a Phone Call Away

The Link Between Stress, Anxiety and Depression

I've been assuming that there is a link between stress, anxiety and depression for years now, recommending that strategies to counter an anxiety disorder be used to fight depression, that approaches to lessen depression can work on anxiety, and that all of these strategies should be tried on plain old stress. This has been based … Continue reading The Link Between Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Meaningful Conversations May Improve Your Mood

I just read an article about some research that both confirmed what I knew and added a twist. First the confirmation: happier people spent 25 percent less time alone and 70 percent more time talking than unhappier people in the study. I have long preached the importance of spending time with the good people in … Continue reading Meaningful Conversations May Improve Your Mood

For a Healthier Heart, Just Be Happy

In case you didn't have enough incentive to bring your stress down already, researchers have just announced that the most anxious and depressed people have the highest risk of heart disease. So, if you want a healthy heart, follow the immortal words of the song: "Don't worry; be happy." Of course, this is always easier … Continue reading For a Healthier Heart, Just Be Happy

What To Do If You Keep Thinking About Haiti

The devastation in Haiti from this week's earthquake is all over the news. Clients, colleagues, family and friends are all talking about the suffering there, wanting to understand and find ways to help. This is normal and can bring out the best in people. But what do you do if you seem to be obsessed … Continue reading What To Do If You Keep Thinking About Haiti